Wow … Thomas shed 17 stone
A CHUBBY 31-stone football fan lost more than HALF his body weight after getting wedged in a turnstile on his way into a match.
At six-foot tall, Thomas McIntyre cut a HUGE figure with his 74-inch waist and size 8XL clothes.
But when the 43-year-old from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, found himself being forced to use the disabled entrance he knew he had to change.
After losing 17 stone, he said: “I was the typical jolly fat bloke, always making fun of myself before anyone else had the chance to do it.
Deep down, though, I’d reached the point where I thought about my mortality all the time and the more I worried, the more I ate, to comfort myself I suppose. It was a vicious cycle.”
The Celtic fan was named Slimming World Man of the Year – an achievement recognised at the Ritz in London this week.
Slimline … Thomas McIntyre
Thomas was overweight for more than two decades since giving up playing football in his early 20s.
The super-slimmer grew in size steadily and in the run-up to his wedding five years ago he became so worried about his increasing weight that he secretly purchased a bigger back-up suit.
He said: “My weight felt like a huge burden when I married my beautiful wife Claire. She’s always loved me for me but getting a suit was difficult and I felt awful in it.
Getting stuck in a turnstile when I went to Patrick Thistle’s ground wasn’t much fun either. After that I had to go in through the disabled gate every time I went to a football game.”
Thomas now runs three times a week and takes his dog for long walks. He hopes to start a family soon – and plans to be the active dad he has always wanted to be.
Love … Thomas McIntyre with wife Claire 
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